The First Tee of The Treasure Coast was founded in the summer of 2012 and has grown each year since inception. We currently conduct programming in partnership with many youth development organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA, the Pace Center and the East Stuart Community Center. Each year over 601 students participate in our Life Skills program. The First Tee National School Program is being implemented in fourteen Treasure Coast elementary schools for over 6,500 students. We offer after school, Saturday and summer camp programs at Hammock Creek Golf Club, The Saints Golf Course, The Champions Club, Riverbend Country Club, Lost Lake, 76 Golf World, Harbour Ridge and Eagle Marsh Country Club.  Many area private golf clubs also host our after school outreach programming.

The creation of The First Tee of The Treasure Coast has been made possible by the contributions of a remarkable family to American business and philanthropy.  Roy A Hunt worked his way up in the early 1900’s from a mill clerk to Chairman and President of Alcoa Aluminum, the company founded by his father Alfred in 1888. The Roy A Hunt Foundation traces its roots to 1951, when Roy and his wife Rachel, established a family foundation in Pittsburgh, PA to support organizations that strive to improve the quality of life. In 1996, the Foundation set up three special initiatives one being youth development. Today, the Foundation includes three generations of Hunt family members who live all over the country and meet twice a year to make grants to worthy non-profit organizations.

Andrew Hunt, a Treasure Coast resident, and former Chairman of the Roy A Hunt Foundation’s Youth Development Initiative has sponsored several grants to many youth development organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  In May 2012, Andrew attended a private breakfast meeting at The Breakers Hotel with President George W. Bush, The Honorary Chairman of The First Tee and consequently accepted the invitation to become a Trustee.  Andrew subsequently became President of the Chapter and is an Executive Committee member of the governing board of the Children’s Golf Foundation, Inc (CGF).  In keeping with the mission of CGF, the chapter also provides weekly programs for students with special needs and Veterans.

As an advocate for youth development and as an avid golfer since childhood, Andrew looked for ways to connect youth with golf. “It was an easy decision to engage The First Tee to help develop the youth of the Treasure Coast into our future leaders and successful members of society,” said Andrew. “The First Tee offers a lot more than learning how to play golf, as character building, core values and healthy habits are essential elements of the program.”  Andrew and The Hunt Foundation remain generous supporters of our chapter and subsequently, they serve the youth of Martin and St. Lucie Counties.

Our high school participants are continuing to participate in national The First Tee participant opportunities such as chapter tournament opportunities, college scholarships, Honda Classic Junior Course Reporters. In recent years, our chapter has been represented at the Joe Louis Barrow Jr. Life Skills & Leadership Academy, IJGA Training Camp, The First Tee PURE Insurance Open at Pebble Beach, and the Perfect Sense Unified Challenge.
At an event supporting our chapter at The Bear’s Club, Jack Nicklaus, also a Trustee of The First Tee, spent time meeting Andrew and welcoming him as a new Trustee. Bringing new Trustees to The First Tee is a very important endeavor as we seek to raise funds that will expand the reach of our character education and life skills programs to help young people prepare for success in high school, college and life.
Jack Nicklaus and Andrew Hunt
Jack Nicklaus and Andrew Hunt, Chapter President and Trustee